|Troy Crema (photo by Jennifer Hoffman/Pucks & Rec)|
|Corey Kalk (photo by Shelley M. Szwast)|
On defense the Big Green are giving up 3.08 goals per game which ranks them 37th in the country. This puts them in the average category. They have had a mixture of good games on defense with some mediocre and bad games as well. In five of the six Dartmouth losses they have given up four goals or more per game. Sophomore's Connor Yau and Cameron Roth have been two of their bette defenseman this season. They don't have a lot of high end talent on the blue line but they play a solid game at times. Dartmouth is a solid shot blocking team averaging 14 blocked shots per game. However they really struggle on the penalty kill ranking 53rd in the country at 77.1% (54-of-70). This is a place where Quinnipiac can really take advantage of one of the big weaknesses of the Big Green.
|Devin Bufflo (photo by Dartmouth Athletics)|
This is a must win game for Quinnipiac and not a game they can afford to drop due to pairwise implications. They are already below the cut line on the pairwise rankings and losses to teams in the middle of the pack of the pairwise will do nothing to improve Quinnipiac's at-large tournament hopes. Quinnipiac has the special teams advantage and talent advantage but they need to play harder than 75-80% they have been giving lately against any team if they expect to win.